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Tillman Briefing
AP Photo / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Tillman Family: Briefing Was ‘Unsatisfactory’

The Pentagon briefed the Tillman family Monday following dual investigations into the alleged criminality and cover-up in the aftermath of the fratricide of Pat Tillman. Here is the family’s response, in its entirety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Abuses Patriot Act Powers

An internal Justice Department investigation has documented multiple abuses by the FBI in obtaining the private records of U.S. residents. Even with the broad powers of the Patriot Act in place, the bureau is still required to certify that the phone, e-mail and financial documents it seeks are at least related to investigations of terrorism or intelligence activities.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


GAO: U.S. Vulnerable to WMD Attack

Despite spending billions of dollars, the United States is woefully unprepared for an attack involving either chemical or biological weapons, according to a report recently declassified by the Government Accountability Office. The strain of the Iraq war has contributed to problems with staffing, equipping and training the military units expected to respond in the event of such a crisis.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


airplane
spyflight.co.uk

EU Condemns ‘Rendition’ Enablers

The European Parliament has condemned 14 member states for either ignoring or assisting the U.S. policy of “extraordinary rendition.” The report, which won approval by a wide margin, says the CIA carried out 1,245 flights of abducted suspects, sometimes to nations where the detainees could expect torture.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


NIE

NIE Report Paints Bleak Picture of Iraq

A declassified version of the long-awaited new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq has just gone public. Its findings are grim: It says the term ” ‘civil war’ accurately describes key elements of the Iraqi conflict.” Check out the document (.pdf file).

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


piggy bank
astoriafederal.com

Americans Prefer Swiping to Saving

The annual savings rate dropped to the lowest level in 74 years, the Commerce Department has reported. On average, Americans saved a “negative 1 percent” in 2006, meaning people not only didn’t save but dipped into their savings and borrowed in order to spend more than their income.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Officials Caught Mistreating Immigrants

A report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general has found that immigration and customs officials mistreated illegal immigrants held in facilities around the country. But the ACLU and others have criticized the report, charging that it ignored the most serious allegations.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Caught in Contract Shuffle

According to internal audit documents obtained by The Washington Post, the Defense Department wasted millions of dollars by farming out contracting to the Interior Department in an effort to “expedite” the process. Through the program, Interior routinely awarded overpriced and under-monitored no-bid contracts in exchange for a fee from the Pentagon.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Mushroom cloud
rottentomatoes.com

Japan Considers Building Nukes

The Japanese daily Sankei says it has obtained an internal government report outlining the requirements for building a nuclear weapon. The Japanese government denies that it intends to build such a device. However, public pressure has mounted following North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Stiglitz and Bilmes
Left: josephstiglitz.com / Right: harvard.edu

Truthdiggers of the Week: Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes

This week Truthdig salutes Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes for uncovering the true cost of the war in Iraq. Last year Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz and Harvard budget expert Bilmes estimated the total price tag for Bush’s misadventure in Mesopotamia at $2.267 trillion—a tad higher than the $350 billion to $500 billion so often discussed.

Posted on Dec 23, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq violence
msnbc.com

Iraq Violence at Record Highs in All Categories

According to the Pentagon’s latest report, violence in Iraq has reached record levels in all measured categories, with a 32 percent increase in attacks on U.S. troops. The 50-page document also notes a 60 percent increase in civilian casualties since the formation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld: I Haven’t Read the Iraq Report

The outgoing defense secretary admitted in an interview that he hadn’t read the Iraq Study Group report—only the executive summary.
Isn’t Bush the one who doesn’t read?

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


ice shrinks
news.bbc.co.uk

Global Warming Slams Arctic

Last month Arctic sea ice shrunk by an area the size of Alaska when compared to historical averages, according to a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. By 2040, summer ice could disappear altogether.

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


ISG report
channel4.com

Durst on Bush’s Reading Habits

Columnist and comedian Will Durst explores the irony of delivering a report to a president who doesn’t read.  Of the Iraq Study Group’s 79 recommendations, Durst writes: “Unfortunately none of them involved the President and his entire Cabinet resigning, proving perhaps this study group should’ve studied more.”

Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


Powell: Bush Takes ISG Report to Hearth

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Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE


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warc.jalb.de

Report: World Bank Fails to Address Poverty

A new report by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group criticizes the international lending organization for failing to alleviate global poverty with programs that focus too single-mindedly on growth. The bank estimates that 1.1 billion people subsisted on less than $1 per day in 2001. (h/t: Common Dreams)

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq violence
intelmessages.org

Study Group: Pentagon Conceals Iraq Violence

Despite all the attention focused on the Iraq Study Group’s report, one of its more damaging allegations has largely escaped media scrutiny: The Pentagon and intelligence agencies are drastically underreporting acts of violence in Iraq.  The panel said that one day the U.S. reported 93 acts of violence when in fact there were more than 1,100. (h/t: Randi Rhodes)

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Feingold
news.wisc.edu

Feingold: Iraq Report a ‘Washington Inside Job’

Sen. Russ Feingold critiques the Iraq Study Group report and argues for a more holistic approach to counter-terrorism: “The Iraq Study Group essentially sees Iraq the same way that most of official Washington does—as the be-all and end-all of our foreign and national security policy. Nothing could be further from the truth….”

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Olbermann and Feingold

Feingold Questions Study Group’s Judgment

Flipping through the news channels on Wednesday, one would have seen an endless parade of pundits and politicians praising the Iraq Study Group’s report.  One exception was a man who was critical of the war before it was in style, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who told “Countdown’s” Keith Olbermann: “The fact is, this commission was composed apparently entirely of people who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place….” Watch it

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert on Christian Conservative Hypocrisy

Stephen Colbert mocks the Christian Coalition’s rejection of Joel Hunter (last week’s Truthdigger of the Week) as its president. Hunter wanted to expand the group’s agenda to address the AIDS epidemic and poverty—issues the Christian conservatives thought would cause people to confuse them with liberals, or perhaps Jesus. Watch it

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


Nightmare: Iraq

  • A classified Marine Corps report says that the U.S. cannot defeat the insurgency in western Iraq.
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah is training Shiite militia members in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Hersh: CIA Has No Firm Evidence of Iran Nuke Drive

    The CIA has found no hard evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, The New Yorker’s Sy Hersh reports.

  • Also, Hersh reports that Cheney has vowed to circumvent Congress and pursue military options against Tehran.

  • Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony Blair
    Scotsman.com

    Britain’s Alleged Torture Hypocrisy

    A new report from Human Rights Watch accuses the British government of softening protections against torture, abdicating its responsibility to pressure the U.S. against the practice and knowingly deporting terror suspects to countries where they are likely to suffer abuse.

    Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


    global warming
    noaanews.noaa.gov

    The Economics of Global Warming

    A new report warns that climate change left unchecked would cause the global economy to lose 20% of its value, while acting to address the problem would only cost 1% of global GDP.  Sir Nicholas Stern’s report is the first major attempt to address the economics, as opposed to the science, of global warming.

    Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Two earths
    From cm.bell-labs.com

    Global Ecosystems Face ‘Collapse’

    If the rate of consumption of the Earth’s natural resources continues apace, two planets will be needed to meet global demand by 2050, warns the environmental group WWF.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Peter Agre

    Science Misused as Propaganda, Says Nobel Laureate

    Dr. Peter Agre of Scientists and Engineers for America condemns Washington’s exploitation of fake science: “Good science has something to do with reality, and reality is sometimes very useful.”

    Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


    David Kuo

    Faith-Based Whistle-Blower

    Stephen Colbert interviews David Kuo, whose new book, “Tempting Faith,” exposes the Bush administration’s cynical exploitation of religion.

    Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Richard Dawkins

    The Science of Atheism

    Biologist Richard Dawkins, author of “The God Delusion,” debates Stephen Colbert on the irrationality of religion, the misrepresentation of evolution and the idiocy of intelligent design.

    Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert’s Guide to Republican Folly

    In case you lost track, Stephen Colbert offers this rundown of Republican debacles.  From phantom WMDs to Mark Foley, the “Report” host highlights the greatest hits of GOP mania.

    Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Andrew Sullivan and Stephen Colbert

    Andrew Sullivan on GOP Homosexuality and Hypocrisy

    Conservative blogger and gay activist Andrew Sullivan visited “The Colbert Report” to discuss the GOP’s double standard when it comes to homosexuality: “They can’t pretend to be tolerant in private, and intolerant in public.  They’re either going to have to purge all the gays from the Republican Party or they’re going to start having to behave like grown-ups and treat us like human beings.”

    Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Baker’s Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory

    The commission headed by Bush family svengali James Baker to assess the Iraq war has ruled out any prospect of making Iraq a stable democracy in the near term, according to a draft report surfaced by the N.Y. Sun.

    Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael Lewis

    E-Word Creates Controversy at Christian Convention

    Michael Lewis tells Stephen Colbert how his new book, “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” a rags-to-riches tale about football, caused a “rebellion” at the Christian Booksellers Association convention simply by dropping the E-bomb in the subtitle.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Princeton Report
    From princeton.edu

    Elite Bipartisan Group Pushes for Foreign Policy Overhaul

    Nearly 400 of the world’s leading foreign policy intellectuals contributed to a Princeton University-organized initiative that calls for a new grand strategy to address America’s national security concerns. (More after the jump…)

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Spoofs Clinton Blame Game

    Stephen Colbert offers his take on the fallout from Bill Clinton’s Fox News appearance, including the Hillary/Condi fracas, and why the former president is to blame for everything from Republican tax cuts to the war in Iraq.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Keeping Second Iraq Report Secret, Says Harman

    Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is but which has been stamped “Draft” by the Bush administration to keep it from becoming public.

    Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Is ‘Cause Celebre’ for Terrorists

    The just-declassified National Intelligence Estimate concludes that the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic extremism and “is shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives.”

  • Read the excerpted report (.pdf file)
  • Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Shames McCain

    Stephen Colbert put McCain and friends to shame on Monday by exposing the Republican senator’s torture protest as pseudo-opposition and their compromise with the Bush administration as an abject cave-in.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert plan

    Colbert to GOP’ers: Lose in November!

    Colbert offers some suspect political analysis for Republicans. A nice zinger in “The Word” segment: When you can vote for the president [in 2008], the Republicans will need a platform.” [On-screen: “Hopefully with a trap door.”]

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Steve Colbert holding mayonnaise

    Colbert Rips American Tribalism

    Stephen Colbert offered this riff on racial tribalism in America, after learning that whites tend to live amongst other whites.  Heres a taste: ғIm colorblind.  I donҒt see race, folks, and I always thought my gated community was incredibly diverse.  But, uh, today I asked around and it turns out that everyone at last weeks ґsmooth jazz and mayonnaise block party was in fact white.Ҕ

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Lampoons Bush?s Torture Agenda

    On Monday, Stephen Colbert went after Bush?s proposed re-imagining of the Geneva Convention by inviting the president to come on the ?Report? and demonstrate his preferred interrogation techniques.  Mocking the president?s assertion that the treaty banning torture lacks clarity, Colbert observed: ?I personally think the image of the president saying specifically what, to him, is not an outrage on human dignity will make everyone see his position very clearly….?

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    United Nations: U.S. Making Inflated Iranian Nuke Claims

    A United Nations committee is bitterly complaining that parts of a U.S. House report on Iran’s nuclear capabilities are “outrageous and dishonest.”
    Brain teaser: Name the last Middle Eastern country which America dubiously claimed was developing nuclear weapons, and whose name starts with the letters I-R-A…

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Richard Sexton and Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Plays the Name Game in Jersey

    Stephen Colbert sat down with Richard Sexton on Tuesday to discuss his congressional candidacy against the confusingly named incumbent, James Saxton.  As can be expected, hijinks ensue, including Colbert’s generous offer to smear Sexton’s opponent for him and a mock concession call not to be missed.

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert Nails Docu-Farce

    Stephen Colbert sank his teeth into the “Path to 9/11” controversy on Monday, shaming ABC’s truth-challenged drama: “What better way to commemorate a national tragedy than turning it into a miniseries?”

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Marines’ Intel Chief: West Iraq Situation Dire

    The chief of intelligence for the Marines in Iraq, a man known for straight-shooting, wrote in a secret report that there is almost nothing U.S. forces can do to prevent the western section of Iraq from descending into total lawlessness.

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

    Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Amnesty International
    amnesty.ca

    Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes

    Amnesty International has referred to some of Israel’s actions in Lebanon as “war crimes that give rise to individual criminal responsibility.”  A report by the human rights organization condemned the deliberate bombing of civilian infrastructure and the loss of civilian life, noting: “Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages ... as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes.”

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Gov’t Report: We Don’t Know Jack About Iran

    A congressional report warned that there are “significant gaps” in America’s understanding of Iran’s WMDs capabilities—and even questioned if we are able to engage in meaningful talks with Tehran on ways to diffuse tensions.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Apple has audited working conditions at an iPod factory in China
    Illustration by Peter Scheer

    Think Damage Control

    An Apple Computer audit of labor conditions at an iPod factory in China uncovered employees working longer hours than permitted by its code of conduct.  Auditors also said that workers earned ?at least the local minimum wage?—whatever that may be in Longhua, China.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert: Why Is Bush Running Away From Lamont?s Opponent?

    Stephen Colbert wonders if Bush is refusing to endorse Ned Lamont?s Republican opponent in the Conn. Senate race because the president is so toxic these days. But Colbert also has another theory…

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Party of Death

    Colbert Ribs ‘Party of Death’ Author

    Stephen Colbert trains his mock-Bill O’Reilly act on Ramesh Ponnuru, the conservative author of “Party of Death.” Colbert: “You’ve got a blurb on your cover from Ann Coulter. That’s some credibility right there.”

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


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